Are you guys ready?! I told you guys a few months back about He Named Me Malala. Do you remember? Well this coming Monday (2/29), the Nat Geo channel will be showing the movie, commercial-free! I'm excited! So excited I'll be having a watch party to commemorate the occasion.
Check out the trail (spoiler: bring a tissues):
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Talk about changing the world, right? I'm so impressed and humbled by watching this young woman. I love her spirit. Don't you?
I always think of her as being beyond her years. Except that last fall, I got a chance to be on a conference call with her and I got to hear her giggle. That giggle that we can only produce during our teen years. The one that holds hope and wonder and excitement. And I was humbled to have wondered about her and feeling a great amount of gratitude that I had a chance to be in a space where I could hear the beauty of her voice and feel the energy of purpose.
This coming Monday, I will be in front of my television checking out the Nat Geo Channel watching the premier with a few close friends. I think this documentary sparks conversation among young and old.
Malala reminds me that all things are possible and hope is not lost. When my work at MomsRising gets hard, I think of people like Malala. Who don't give up. Who affect change day in and day out. I think of her parents and what they must have gone through.
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Having been shot at 15 by the Taliban in Pakistan, Malala survived. She and her dad were targeted for supporting education for girls. As I struggle with advocating for my child at school, I can't imagine having to fight not just for her education but also her life. So many girls have to fight this battle around the world.
Malala survived in spite of being shot in the head. Well, she has done more than survive. She has thrived. Malala won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work, she has established a non-profit to help girls around the world and still finds time to hang out with her brothers.
I hope you'll join me on Monday 2/29 as we sit to catch this commercial-free world television premier of He Named Me Malala. It is showing at 8 p.m. ET. What do you say?
Ways you can help!
- You can visit supportmalala.com to easily create a (very cool) custom Facebook profile video to show your support.
- For every person who participates through March 10, 21st Century Fox will donate $1 to the Malala Fund. A $1 donation will also be made for every tweet using the hashtag #withMalala during this time period, for a total donation of up to $50,000.
- Host a watch party: Share your passion for girls’ education and invite friends and family over to watch the film. Sign up to host a watch party in your home or community.
- Live tweet with @MalalaFund: The Malala Fund will be live-tweeting from @MalalaFund using #withMalala during the broadcast. Follow along for behind-the-scenes photos and stories, as well as information on how you can take action for girls’ education.
- Fill a Schoola bag during your viewing party: Have your friends and family gather gently used clothes and fill a Schoola Bag. Send it in a 40% of the proceeds will go to the Malala Fund! It's an easy way to get a lot of people involved, raise awareness and funds, and it costs absolutely nothing! Read more about the program and request a bag here.